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Doing more of the same won’t help our economy

Albert Einstein was said to have remarked, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In other words, doing more of the same really won’t help.  It is insane to think that Malaysia can avoid the next economic mayhem by doing more of the same, or worse still, doing… Read More

GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally

Media statement by DAP Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 18th May 2013 in Kuala Lumpur:  GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally With Idris Jala’s latest revelation, the Barisan Nasional Government is finally letting the goods and services tax (GST) cat out of the bag. Pakatan Rakyat… Read More

Pakatan Rakyat: Building an economy for all

Barisan Nasional paraded its “55 years” of track record” in “fulfillment of promises” – Janji Ditepati –  during the Prime Minister Najib Razak’s recent roadshows and on National Day 2012. One would expect a government with such a long experience in office would have long term strategies for the nation. Unfortunately, apart from arguing that… Read More

Small and medium industries deserve a better deal

Joint media statement by Pakatan Rakyat Policy Committee on 16th January 2013 in Kuala Lumpur Small and medium industries deserve a better deal Pakatan Rakyat understands the concerns of the small and medium entrepreneur industries (SMEs) especially in the context of the implementation of minimum wage policy and calls on the Barisan Nasional Federal Government… Read More

Rethinking wage policy to reposition our economy

Although the minimum wage law is scheduled to take effect in January 2013, the Barisan Nasional Government does not seem to be particularly committed to re-imagine the Malaysian economy through wage policy reform. Efforts to smoothen the transition for small and middle industries are seriously lacking too. Minimum wage is meant to tackle several long-standing… Read More

Agenda Ekonomi Saksama

Amidst an increasing global realisation that inequality hurts growth, general well-being of the population and, ultimately, stability, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng articulates an Agenda Ekonomi Saksama to orient DAP and Pakatan Rakyat on the question of inequality. At a Roketkini forum, Guan Eng plays on the initials of the Automated Enforcement System in jest… Read More

World Bank’s Report on Malaysian Minimum Wages

WB Minimum Wages

In view of the near-nonsensical discussion in the media on minimum wage by Barisan Nasional elected representatives, I decided to release my copy of a confidential report by the World Bank to the Malaysian Government entitled “Optimal design for a minimum wage policy in Malaysia.” I am encouraged to do so by Kota Belud MP… Read More

Minimum wage: unsubstantiated statements by Chua Tee Yong and Chua Soi Lek

cover page minimum wage

Media statement by Liew Chin Tong, DAP MP for Bukit Bendera, on Sunday 7th October 2012 Minimum wage: unsubstantiated statements by Chua Tee Yong and Chua Soi Lek MCA President Dr Chua Soi Lek and his son Deputy Agriculture Minister Chua Tee Yong should debate economic policies with facts and sound arguments and not make… Read More

Pakatan’s Comprehensive labour policy reforms aim to uplift the nation

The BN Youth Chief clearly needs some lessons macro-economics. While Barisan Nasional Youth can tolerate corruption and wastages to the tune of billions but it is a crime from the BN Youth Chief’s point of view when Pakatan tries to improve workers’ share of national income so that they live a dignified life and contribute… Read More

The Government is Insincere about GST

As far as the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) is concerned, the Barisan Nasional has turned lying into an art form in the 2013 Budget. On the one hand, the Finance Minister desires to assure the financial sector that the federal government has the means to continue to finance wastages and corruption without… Read More